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Sustainable pool house is immersed in nature

Pool house garden roof echoes the surrounding canyon hills

Architect: Murray Legge Architecture

From the designer:

This pool house, swimming pool, spa, and terraced landscape employs a unique sustainable design strategy. Impervious cover and storm water run-off regulations within the city are very restrictive.

The City of West Lake Hills granted a variance to allow the construction of a garden roof and accepted it as permeable cover through a variance process. This variance was a first for the City of West Lake Hills and points to the city's progressive environmental policies.


Stone steps connect the different areas grass, walkway, wall, wood, orange
Stone steps connect the different areas

The garden roof's boat-like vaulted form echoes the surrounding canyon hills. Rather than being spread out though the site, much of the project's equipment and program is stacked up underneath the garden roof reducing the overall building footprint and improving the quality of rainwater that might run off the site and into the creek below.

This wild, untamed roof helps the pool house annual plant, flora, flower, garden, grass, herb, meadow, plant, shrub, wildflower, green, brown
This wild, untamed roof helps the pool house to blend in

The project contains an indoor-outdoor dining area complete with a high-end residential kitchen. The project also contains an innovative suspended permeable stone terrace system.

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Whit Preston

26 Jan, 2020

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